My wife needed a place to store her cookbooks so she could use them when we moved to a new home. Decided the best place was above the Cat Litter Box Cabinet that was constructed earlier this year.

Difficulty moderate


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Nail Gun
    Nail Gun
  • Router
  • Router Table
    Router Table
  • Sander


Wood Products

  • 5 Board , 1x12 , 48"
  • 7 Board , 1x4 , 48"
  • 1 Board , 1x2 , 72"
  • 1 Plywood , 1/4" Thick , 48"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 50 Pocket hole screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 5 Sides and shelves , 3/4" x 11 1/4" x 48"
  • 6 Back panel pieces , 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 48"
  • 1 Top face frame piece , 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 48"


  • Construct the base

    If you have not already constructed the CAT LITTER BOX CABINET..... see plan and construct the base

  • Cut the side panels

    Cut (2) side panels to the dimensions shown out of 1x12 material cut down to 9 3/4"

  • Cut the back panel pieces

    Cut the back panel pieces from 1x4 material. Drill (2) pocket holes in each end of the horizontal pieces and join to the vertical pieces with
    1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Also route a 1/4" rabbet along the inside edge of each piece to accept the plywood/beadboard in the next step

  • Cut the shelves

    Cut (3) shelves to the dimensions shown out of 1x12 material cut down to
    9 3/4". Also drill three pocket holes on the bottom in each end of each shelf and connect to the side panels with two 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

  • Attach the back panel

    Attach the back panel to the shelves and side panels by gluing and nailing with your nail gun

  • View of assembly from the front

    View of the assembly from the front

  • Construct the face frame

    Construct the face from following the dimensions shown using 1x2 material cut off of the 1x12's used for shelving and side panels. Join the parts by drilling pocket holes and using 1 1/4" pocket holes on the back side of the parts.
    Install the face frame to the shelf box by gluing and using your nail gun

  • Attach the crown

    Cut crown trim pieces per dimensions shown out of 1x2 material. Add crown trim to the assembly using your nail gun.

  • Finish

    Finish the book shelf by painting or staining based on the materials you used.

  • Install the beadboad/plywood

    Install beadboard or plywood into the back panel assembly